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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #473

                   Sunday,  September 16, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  EDITOR'S NOTE:

  Due to the large number of e-mails which continue to arrive
at our office concerning the World Trade Center and Pentagon
disasters, CGC is presenting another Special Edition newsletter
devoted exclusively to these topics.  Thanks to Karen Glazko for
her help in assembling and presenting the material at a time when
our office is extremely shorthanded.

  When sending us e-mails, please keep them short and to-the-
point.  We do not accept attached files, sorry.

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         WORLD TRADE CENTER AND PENTAGON LETTERS & NOTES
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  NEW YORK CITY BROADCAST OVERVIEW

  One of the best web sites for up-to-date information on the New
York City broadcast situation - as mentioned in CGC #471 - is:

  http://world.std.com/~fybush/nerw.html 

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  LIKELY LOSS OF LIFE AT WCBS-TV

  As you have it now, of course, WCBS-TV is on the air from
Empire.  The Empire facilities were in use after the first hit
shut off the mains, as I understand it.  Before I left work
Tuesday evening, I had been told that WCBS lost two transmitter
techs in the WTC collapse.  THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED, but is likely,
sad to say.  They would have stuck it out to try to keep things
running -  and they were above the impact point - something
making survival highly unlikely.  [It's] something for all of
to think about while we continue to do our jobs.

  Robin Critchell, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles
  (13 Sep 2001 16:17:06 -0700)

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  DETAILS ON THE WCBS-TV AUX ANTENNA

  In regard to the CBS operation on the Empire State Building....
the CBS CH-2 antenna is fairly new.  When the CBS DTV antenna
(a broad band Harris panel antenna) was installed on the NW corner
of the building, the old CH-2 stand by antenna was replaced with
a new Harris panel type antenna.  The gain of the replacement was
less than that of the original CH 2 array.  The new antenna also
had a new feed harness.  The building is ten feet square in the
CH-2 aperture.

  Tom Silliman, ERI

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  CORRECTION RE WPIX-TV

  Scott Miron has informed CGC that there was an error in his
letter published in CGC #472.  WPIX(TV) was OFF the air at the
time he wrote (September 12), not ON the air from a backup site
as indicated.  However, the most recent information is that
WPIX has returned to the air using a low power Larcan xmtr.

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  APPARENT EAS TEST SUSPENSION IN NEW YORK

  "We received word tonight that the New York State Broadcasters
Association is telling its members to suspend EAS tests under a
directive from FEMA.  It seems FEMA wants to avoid panicking the
public, and wants to make sure any EAS activations aren't lost
in the clutter of tests."

  http://world.std.com/~fybush/nerw.html 
  (See the posting for September 13, 2001; thanks to Bob Weller
  of Hammett & Edison for the news tip.)

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  WNET INFORMATION

  Throughout the day and night we have waited anxiously for
news of whether our longtime staff member, Engineer Rod Coppola
was able to exit the World Trade Center prior to the attacks or
the subsequent collapse.  Rod and several engineers from
neighboring local broadcast stations were in the transmitter
rooms formerly located on the 110th floor of Tower One.

  Although Rod had access to excellent fire safety equipment,
which we still hope assisted his escape, none of the missing
engineers has yet been accounted for.  We ask for your prayers
and good thoughts for Rod and his family and the other engineers
and their families as we continue to hope for the best.

  Brynne Clarke, WNET
  (Sept 14 at 10:32am (ET))
  As Forwarded by Scott Stinson of KPBS

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  LONG ISLAND REMOTES

  We've got remotes going all over raising money and collecting
clothing, etc., and (that activity has taken) lots of hours and
energy, and taxed our facilities and ingenuity.

  On the upside, though, we collected over twenty thousand
dollars in four hours this morning, and that's just the start of
four days of remotes.  Starting Sunday, we'll also have several
semi's making the rounds collecting food, clothing, etc. all
around Nassau and Suffolk Counties (Long Island).

  Everyone's good wishes and prayers are deeply appreciated by
everyone here.

  John L. Lorentz, CE, Clear Channel WALK Radio, Long Island, NY
  (Fri, 14 Sep 2001 10:56:25 -0500)

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  EYEWITNESS TO THE PENTAGON DISASTER

  CGC has received a long letter from Ric Tell who was an
eyewitness to the Pentagon plane crash.  The letter is being
web posted now and the URL will be published soon.

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  B-25 BOMBER CRASHES INTO EMPIRE STATE BUILDING - JULY 28, 1945

  NEW YORK - Lost and almost forgotten is the tragic incident
of July 28, 1945: the day a B-25 bomber, lost in fog, rammed into
what was then the world's tallest building.  More incredible yet
was the female elevator operator - Betty Lou Oliver - who fell
over 1,000 feet when the cables to her car were severed as a
result of the crash.  Miraculously, she survived.

  Read the harrowing details at the Empire State Building's
official Website (this is a long URL, be sure to reassemble it
into one continuous string):

http://www.esbnyc.com/tourism/tourism_facts_esbnews_mar1996.cfm?CFID=27393&CFTOKEN=41548438 

  Karen Glazko, Guest Editor

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                             TRIBUTES
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  We want to extend our sympathy to the families of lost loved
ones....   Thank you to all of the amazing individuals that have
offered their lives, their time, and their money to the rescue and
recovery efforts.  You are awesome humans and blessed souls....

  Timothy Lynch, Western Technical Service

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  Thanks for the continuous updates during the time of crisis....

  Mike Somerville, KFMB

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  It is miraculous - and a tribute to the engineers involved -
that the World Trade Center buildings held together long enough
for approximately 90% of the occupants to escape.  And when the
buildings did collapse, they fell more or less straight down,
saving untold lives and property in the surrounding area.

  - Ed.

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